© 2008

Multidimensional Poverty Measurement

Concepts and Applications


  • Methodological contribution to an important area of development economics


Part of the Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being book series (EIAP, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Udaya Wagle
    Pages 1-13
  3. Udaya Wagle
    Pages 15-53
  4. Udaya Wagle
    Pages 55-85
  5. Udaya Wagle
    Pages 87-129
  6. Udaya Wagle
    Pages 173-182
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 183-214

About this book


Conceptualization and measurement of poverty have traditionally relied on purely economic approaches, with income or consumption as the only indicator. Multidimensional approaches have increasingly been used to understand poverty, but have yet to be fully operationalized.

This book uses factor analysis and structural equations modeling to develop a multidimensional framework that integrates capability and social inclusion as additional poverty indicators.

The empirical relevance of this methodological contribution is demonstrated through its application in the United States and Nepal.

The proposed approach not only helps to identify different categories of the poor, but also to more accurately target resources and policies of poverty alleviation.

The book will therefore be an important reference for professionals in development agencies as well as for poverty and policy researchers.



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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Multidimensional Poverty Measurement
  • Book Subtitle Concepts and Applications
  • Authors Udaya Wagle
  • Series Title Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being
  • Series Abbreviated Title Economic Stud.Inequality
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-75874-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-2609-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-75875-6
  • Series ISSN 2364-107X
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-1088
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Development Economics
    Labor Economics
    Social Policy
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From the reviews:

“‘Multidimensional Poverty Measures’, offers an unconventional look at this topic and presents an interesting application to Nepal and the United States. … the book represents a nice contribution to the growing debate on the need to move away from the traditional one-dimensional approach to well-being and deprivation. … I found the review of the approaches to be extremely enlightening and to be an excellent resource for those interested in the field of multidimensional poverty.” (Maria Ana Lugo, The Journal of Economic Inequality, Vol. 10, 2012)

“Udaya Wagle offers an empirical framework to measure multidimensional poverty based on latent variable models, and thus contributes to this growing literature. … this book will positively stimulate the discussion and reflections surrounding the quantitative measurement of multidimensional poverty. … the work provided in this book is without doubt one of the most accurate. … Multidimensional Poverty Measurement: Concepts and Applications will thus become more and more relevant, and its methodology should naturally be applied more often by poverty researchers.” (Sylvain Weber, Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 37 (20), 2011)